Friday, May 11, 2012
FAITH And ESTABLISHMENT
We have seen the thought of God to have things in a state of stability, endurance, steadfastness, trustworthiness; something substantial, something deeply rooted and grounded and immovable.
God works along that line, seeking to eliminate all those elements in us which are weak, unreliable, unable to carry a weight and take responsibility; to bring us to the place where we are established in Christ.
But every bit of this work of confirming, establishing, rooting and grounding is connected with some further testing or proving of faith.
Every fresh storm sends our roots deeper down, to take a firmer hold. It is along the line of faith's proving that we become established.
Where there is no testing or trying, no adversity, we are weak and unreliable. So we see that, right through the Scriptures, God is moving towards having things settled and fixed, after His own nature: eternal, abiding, enduring for ever.
The whole Bible shows that this is brought about by faith.
~T. Austin Sparks~